Strom Funeral Home

McCormick, South Carolina

Mr. Louie “Lou” Marion Roberts

MCCORMICK, SC — Louie Marion Roberts, 89 years old, a beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on Tuesday morning the 6th Day of April at his home in Avon Park, FL.  

A graveside service will be held on Saturday April 17, 2021 at 3:30 p.m. with Bo Willis officiating.

Lou was born on December 17, 1931 in San Antonio, Texas the middle son of the late John R and Francis M. Roberts. Lou spent the majority of his career as a teacher and administrator in the adult education system, however, his passion was using his uncanny skill as a handyman to fix and repair almost anything.  He transformed, with his own hand, countless structures from disrepair into incredible places to behold and revitalized tirelessly anything and everything with a Ford label.  

Survivors include his wife Barbara Roberts, his 4 children, Ronald Roberts of Boulder, CO, Robert Roberts of Coral Springs FL, Thomas Roberts of Port St. Lucie, FL, and Sharon Roberts of Tampa, FL, and numerous grandchildren who will all miss him very much.

Visitation will be held after the service at the grave.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mrs. Katrina Ashmore Newby

MCCORMICK, SC–Katrina Ashmore Newby, 89, of Troy West Road, died Thursday, March 25, 2021, at her home in McCormick.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 27, 2021 at McCormick City Cemetery with her brother, Rev. Pierce Ashmore  officiating.

Katrina was born in Lincoln County to the late Robert Lee and Kate Burgess Ashmore.  She was predeceased by her husband, Stanley L. Newby, Sr. and a son Stanley L. Newby, Jr.

Survivors include her son, Darrell Newby (Cheryl) of McCormick; a brother Rev. Pierce Ashmore; a sister Linda Guin; a daughter in law, Betty Newby; four grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers please send any donations to Connie Maxwell Children’s Ministries at P.O. Box 1178 Greenwood, SC 29648.

Mrs. Betty J. Smith

MCCORMICK, SC — Betty J Smith, 85, of McCormick, died Monday, March 22, 2021 at Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

Betty was born to the late Dallas and Molly Sutphin. She has been married to Jimmy Smith for over thirty-three years.  She was a very active member of McCormick United Methodist Church where she taught Sunday school. She was also active in the Republican Women Organization and in the Senior Center.

Survivors include her husband, James “Jimmy” Smith; a sister, Mickey Uelses (John); a son, Zan Zukowski; two daughters, Karen (Stephen) Ferry, and Kristi Zukowski; two step sons, Mike and Stan Smith; a step daughter, Susan (Kevin) Sanders; A former daughter in law, Tina Smith; three grandchildren, Joshua Keener, Raven (Makoto) Yonemura , Ryan (Katie) Keener; four step grandchildren, Jamie, Magan, and Brandon Smith and Konner Sanders; 4 great grand children, Nolan, Emi, Owen Yonemura, and Dasiy Keener; a nephew Mark Uelses;  a niece Kelly Robertson. 

A private graveside will be held at McCormick City Cemetery with the Rev. Nels Ledwell officiating. 

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mrs. Ulla C. Willis

MCCORMICK, SC — Ulla C. Willis, 85, of Kennedy Road, died Tuesday, March 16, 2021, at McCormick Rehab and Healthcare.

The funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2021 at Buffalo Baptist Church with the Rev. Kyle Antone officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Willis was born in Germany to the late Johannes and Lisa Paulus.  She went though World War II as a child with her mother and brother. She was a long time member of the Buffalo Baptist Church.  She loved to sew, crochet, knit, gardening, cooking, and her animals.  She was predeceased by her husband Charlie E Willis of the US Army.

Survivors includes her son, Ernest A Willis of McCormick; an adopted son, Ray Allen; a grandson, Curtis Willis and his wife Jennifer of Arlington Texas; two great grandsons, Adam and Asher Willis.

Visitation will be held after the service at the grave.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mrs. Wilma K. Flanagan

MCCORMICK, SC — Wilma K Flanagan, 92, went to be with the Lord on February 26, 2021, in Inverness Florida while residing with her son James and Susan Flanagan and family for the past year.

Graveside services are planned for Friday at 1 p.m. at Overbrook Cemetery with the Rev. John Paul Marr officiating.  

Wilma Flanagan was born in Abbeville, SC, to the late C.A. and Daisy McMahan Fleming. Her father was the sheriff in McCormick for many years. She was predeceased by her brother Clifton Fleming and a grandchild Jessica Flanagan.

Wilma belonged to the Troy ARP Church, she was Red Cross liaison during the Vietnam War, Senior Center Board Member, active DAR member, and was also treasurer of the Pressley Memorial ARP Church in McCormick for many years, and also treasurer of the Women Auxiliary American Legion.

She leaves behind a son, James “Jimmy” and his wife Susan Flanagan; a grandchildren, Elizabeth Flanagan; four great grandchildren Kaylan and Alayna Simms, and Ciarra and Zachary Flanagan; two great great grandchildren, Brooklyn Sexton and Aspen Hicks; and two nieces Kathy Fleming and Lori Harrelson.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the ARP Church in Troy 116 Greenwood Street, Troy, SC 29848 or to the McCormick Senior Center P.O Box 684 McCormick, SC 29835.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ms. Kathryn Anne Gilmour Mellor

MCCORMICK, SC — Kathryn Anne Gilmour Mellor passed away peacefully at home on February 13th, 2021.  She was 70 years old.

Kathy was born to Ernest William Andrews and Kathleen Gilmour Elwood in Stretford, England.  She grew up surrounded by English countryside and spent much of her childhood building straw bale houses, roller skating and teaching herself how to ride horses.  After getting married to Michael Mellor and having her children, Kathy and her family moved to Montreal, Canada and spent four years enjoying the local Masters swim club and working with autistic children.  She then moved to New Jersey, got her Associates degree and spent 20 years working as a Nuclear Medicine Technician at Cape May Regional Hospital.  Kathy was a very active person and took up running and triathlon in her sixties and made many friends in the local community where she was often referred to as just ‘Mum.’  She also enjoyed reading, puzzles and the game show Jeopardy was a must watch every night.

When Kathy retired she and her partner Richard, moved to McCormick, SC and resided there for five years with their beloved dog, Stella.  They enjoyed days of fishing and kayaking on the local lake.

Kathy developed a love for photography and spent much of her retirement photographing everything from her grandchildren to animals and nature.  Her photographs displayed an artistic eye and were even featured in her own exhibit in 2020.  Genealogy was also a passion and she was our family’s local historian and keeper of records.

Kathy will be missed greatly by her partner Richard Bradway and his children, son Andrew Aitken of Lancaster, England, son Paul Mellor and wife Tracey Mellor (nee Gilbert) of Easton, PA, daughter Emmeline Renshaw of Williamstown, NJ, sister Janet Andrews of Calabria, Italy, sister Margaret Taylor and husband Alan Taylor of Sutton Bonington, England.  She was a loving Nanna to Oliver, Christopher, Morgan, Leah and Matthew.  She is also survived by many nieces and nephews that live all over the world

A memorial service will be planned for the summer. Strom Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mrs. Phyllis Leaman Dorn

Abbeville, SC — Phyllis Leaman Dorn, resident of Abbeville Nursing Home, died Wednesday, January 12, 2021. She was 92 years old.  Mrs. Dorn was born to the late Cecil Frederick Leaman and Frances Wescott Leaman of Torquay England.  Mrs. Dorn met her future husband, the late Otis M. Dorn, in England during World War II while his company was doing maneuvers at a lodge in Bishopsteignton.  She traveled to America in October 1946 for a five-day journey on the ship “Queen Elizabeth” landing in New York.  She married Mr. Dorn at John de la Howe School and they celebrated their 34th anniversary before he passed away in January 1981.  

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Dorn was preceded in death by sons, Terrence Philip Dorn, Lewis Frederick Dorn, and a sister, Doreen L. Mackenzie.  She is survived by her children, James Dorn (Debbie) of London, KY, Jean Dorn Able (Johnny) of Abbeville, Robert Dorn (Reba) of McCormick, Steve Dorn (Shelia) of Plum Branch, Michael Dorn (Rhonda) of Calhoun Falls, and a brother, Lewis Leaman (Angela) of Newton Abbot, England.  She is survived by eleven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  

Mrs. Dorn was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker, but later worked outside the home in textiles and as a counselor/houseparent for the Abbeville Boys Cottage at John de la Howe where she served for 10 years.  She was a member of the Willington Presbyterian Church for 48 years and faithful participant in the Presbyterian Women’s Circle serving as vice moderator for 20 years.  Mrs. Dorn was a kind, loving person and will be remembered for her gracious spirit, even while her health declined.  The family would like to thank the Abbeville Nursing Home staff for their nurture and care given to Mrs. Dorn during her extended period of long-term care.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 pm at the Plum Branch Cemetery with Rev. Lee P. Kennerly officiating.  Visitation will be held after the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests memorial contributions be sent to the Willington Presbyterian Church, c/o Clerk of Session,1299 Simpson St. Ext., Calhoun Falls, SC 29628.

Mr. James Z. Edmunds

McCormick, SC — James Z. Edmunds, 97, died Sunday, December 6, 2020, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson, South Carolina. 

Graveside Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wideman Cemetery off of Highway 28 with the Rev. Martin Wiles officiating.

Mr. Edmunds was born in McCormick to the late Clyde and Ida Edmunds. He attended Buffalo Baptist Church where he was a Deacon. James in served in the US Navy during War World II in the South Pacific abroad the USS Pinkney where he saw the flag raising on Iwo Jima. He ended his military career retiring from the Army National Guard. He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Ruth Edmunds; a son Jeff Edmunds; and a grandson, Jamie Adams.

Survivors includes his daughter, Virginia Ann Adams; two sons, Michael Edmunds (Donna), and Ricky “Sweet Ricky” Edmunds; a brother, Charlie Edmunds; a granddaughter, Casey Goff (Jared); two great grandkids, Colton and Kimber Goff.

Visitation will be held after the graveside.

In Lieu of flowers please make a donation to The Alzheimer’s Association or a hospice house.

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the Family.

Ms. Elizabeth Dawn Whitaker

Elizabeth M. Dawn Whitaker, 26, of 1418 Whitetown Rd McCormick, died Monday, November 30, 2020, at MUSC Hospital, Charleston, SC.

A memorial service will be held at Strom Funeral Home on Friday December 11 at 2 P.M.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by her great grandfather James L. Hunter of McCormick, grandfather Michael D. Whitaker of McCormick, and her great aunt Cindy M. Clay of McCormick.

Survivors include her five year old daughter, Elliauna L. Vaughan of Greenwood; a brother Nathanial J. Mason of Central SC;  mother, Tammy L. Mason of McCormick; father, Meredith Mason of Greenwood; and grandmother Kathy Whitaker of McCormick.

The family will receive friends on Friday December 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Whitaker residence in McCormick SC 1418 Whitetown Road.

Strom Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Mr. Jabe Edwin Clegg

Jabe Edwin Clegg, 31, of Augusta, died Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at his home.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Freeland Cemetery in Plum Branch with the Rev. John Noblin officiating.

Jabe was the son of Tammy Clegg Barker and Jamey Clegg.  He was an electrician at IBEW Union.  Jabe love golfing, baseball, and football.  He was a loving father to Bryelan Elizabeth Clegg.  He was predeceased by a son, Eli Jordan Clegg.

Survivors includes his mother, Tammy Clegg Barker (Joey); father, Jamy Clegg; a fiancé, Kristina Bogdanovic; a daughter, Bryelan Clegg; three brothers, Justin Clegg (Brooke), Dylan Clegg, and Christopher Clegg; two sisters Haley Garcia (Andrew), and Courtney Bowick (Wayne Lawton); grandparents, Janice and Sammy Davis; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visitation will be held after the Memorial Service.

The family is at the home of Janice and Sammy Davis on White Town Road. 

Strom Funeral Home is assisting the Family.